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The Goddess Companion

The Goddess Companion   

 

The body of the Goddess shines
as blue and gold as the earth.
The clothing of the Goddess shines
as white as a half-moon.
When we look at her body
we see a table, full of food.
When we look at her body,
love flashes through our minds.
O Goddess of fiery cascades,
holding your anklet of flame,
dance with us today.
Honor us with your presence.
~Sri Lankan Hymn To The Goddess Pattini 
  
Goddesses – or Goddess-like beings – have appeared in every culture, in every era, on every continent. Most books on the Goddess, however, introduce only a few figures, usually those from the Greco-Roman pantheon. Aphrodite, Artemis, Hera, and the rest are indeed vibrant and complex images of femininity. But there are many Goddesses of equally compelling
power who are less often discussed in contemporary works on the subject.
 
Patinni is one of them. The Great Goddess of Sri Lanka, she is honored in the greatest literary epic of that culture, the Lay of the Silver Anklet. Rich ceremonies honor her, and magnificent  songs are composed in her honor. She is only one of the hundreds of important Goddesses who deserve the attention of those interested in feminine images of the Divine.

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By Patricia Monaghan

 

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October 18, 2010 - Posted by | Daily Posts

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